Thursday, September 29, 2005

what is a podcast?

For those that I know that dont know what a PODCAST IS HERE is the definition! see the link for more

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Podcasting is a method of publishing audio programs via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s). It became popular in late 2004, largely due to automatic downloading of audio onto portable players or personal computers. Podcasting is distinct from other types of online media delivery because of its subscription model, which uses a feed (such as RSS or Atom) to deliver an enclosed file. Podcasting enables independent producers to create self-published, syndicated "radio shows," and gives broadcast radio programs a new distribution method. Listeners may subscribe to feeds using "podcatching" software (a type of aggregator), which periodically checks for and downloads new content automatically. Most podcatching software enables the user to copy podcasts to portable music players. Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing software can play podcasts. From the earliest RSS-enclosure tests, feeds have been used to deliver video files as well as audio. By 2005 some aggregators and mobile devices could receive and play video, but the "podcast" name remained most associated with audio.
"Podcasting" is a portmanteau word that combines the words "broadcasting" and "iPod." The term can be misleading since neither podcasting nor listening to podcasts requires an iPod or any portable player. Aware of that misleading association from the beginning, some writers have suggested alternative names or reinterpretations of the letters "p-o-d", without winning much of a following.[1] Another little-used alternative is "blogcasting", which implies content based on, or similar in format to, blogs


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G'day all,

There is a thing of late thats been annoying me. Is the constant crap Windows telling a Mac user that his/her operating system is vulnerable to viruses. This is a mortal offence. Every time Symantec publishes a report on Mac OS X’s vulnerabilities, one of the users decides to prove the contrary.

Wil Shipley, a Mac programmer, has posted on his blog an announcement in which he says he will offer $500 to the person who proves that a computer running Mac OS X (with all the updates) was infected by a virus that exploited a flaw of the operating system.

Jack Campbell, the owner of a company that sells Mac products, made a similar announcement in March. He offered $25,000 to the first programmer who makes the first virus for Mac, but the competition turned out to be an unsuccessful publicity stunt.

Wil Shipley said he doesn’t want a virus, just someone who can prove that a Mac was infected with one.

Shipley’s blog is at .... And it says the following...

Mac OS X Viruses: Put Up or Shut Up (part 1)
All, right, I'm sick of people reporting that Mac OS X is 'mostly' virus-free. It is, as far has been proven, ENTIRELY virus-free. Macs are not magical, and one day there will be virus that infects them. However, I don't think it's happened yet, and I think it's time we, the Mac community, started saying, "No, we don't have any viruses."

Seriously, if a reporter asked you, "Hey, do you have herpes?" and you replied, "Nope, I've been tested, no herpes, never," and then they wrote an article with the headline, "Bob Smith: Mostly Herpes-Free," you would, no doubt, flip (assuming your name was Bob Smith). You'd probably sue, even. But we put up with this crap every day, mainly because it's nigh-impossible to prove the negative. We'd need to inspect every hard drive of every Mac owner in the world. So we settle with "mostly virus-free" even though, compared to Windows, we're Mother Theresa and they're Pamela Anderson.

Let me be clear: not having had a virus is NOT the same as being immune to viruses. I think part of the reason almost nobody has been willing to stand up on this crusade has been that we get shouted down with cries of, "Well, no OS is perfect; Mac OS X will get its virus!" And I have no doubt we will. But Windows gets a virus every freaking week, and we've never had ONE. I think that's also relevant. Much more so than "Well, someday you won't be so perfect!" (Again, imagine you're about to share a fork with someone who you find out has rabies, scabies, rashes, a cold, the flu, lice, and scurvy, and that person says, "Well, everybody is susceptible to the same diseases." Yes, true, however, you'd still probably prefer to share with someone healthy at this moment.)

I'll admit, this crusade didn't start with me. It started on MacSlash where the news editor has TIRELESSLY pointed out every time some journalist or company implies that we're infectious.

And, I'll admit, others have come up with the idea of offering a bounty for Mac OS X viruses before, but I think those plans failed due to the way the challenge was structured. I don't want to incite someone to create the first Mac OS X virus.

So, here's my plan. I'm not putting it into effect yet, but I'm soliciting comments, and if nobody can prove it's a bone-headed idea, I'll go ahead with it.

I'm going to offer a bounty of $500 to the first person who can prove that a Mac running Mac OS X (version 10.0 or greater, and patched to the latest security level available at the time from Apple) was accidentally and detrimentally infected with a virus that exploited a flaw in the base Mac OS X installation (not, say, Microsoft Word) before September 20, 2005. The definition of "virus" will for this contest will be either a virus or worm as described by the wikipedia. The challenge ends at 23:59:00, October 16, 2005 (which happens to also be my birthday, and by the way I have a thing for nice shirts).

I will only offer this bounty once, and as you can see, the deadline for the viruses to have done their dirty work is in the past. So, if you're planning to write a new virus just to win the challenge, well... that won't work unless you also make a time machine. (Which, frankly, I'd be willing to fund for $500.) This is a research project, not a programming project: find one of us who has been infected at some time, and tell the world about it.

And, if you can't, then we should declare ourselves "virus-free," and write letters-to-the-editor anytime someone compares us with Christina Aguilera. Because we don't roll that way. See blog here.....

Good on you Wil, we are so sick of stupid inane windows users who have this love hate realtionship with their crap windows box's! they hate windows, but as soon as any Mac or linux user pops their head above water, they rant on how we are all zelots who dress in white robes prasing our machines like some sort of religon.

I have the philosophy, " don’t ever ask a person what computer they own... if they are a Mac user they will tell you, if they own a PC why embarrass them?". :-)

Things that I enjoy

My Family.... then in NO particular order .....

1. Macs (except when they bugger up)
2. Watching a Good SCI Fi show, like BSG or Firefly
3. Having a TRUE friend
4. Receiving good customer service
5. A courteous driver
6. Listening to calming music like Moby, Jean Micheal Jarre etc
7. Talking to open minded people
8. A peaceful walk in the bush or holiday (cant remember last time I had one of those :-( )
9. A thunderstorm and lightning storm and heavy rain (weather fascinates me)
10. Cool weather (hate heat)
11. A lovely meal eating out or in
12. Playing Halo
13. People who don't bash Mac's
14. People with a wicked sense of humour
15. A good podcast
16. A Good Coffee
17. Good company

(Got anything to add??... send it to me, and I will see it makes my list)

Things that annoy me!

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1. Bad drivers
2. People who bash Mac's
3. Narrow minded people
4. Bad customer service at shops or services
5. Corrupt Governments
6. People who scam and rip you off
7. Companies that do the same
8. People who don't like SCI FI
9. People that bash Mac's
10. PC's in general (I hate windows)
11. People who are false and stab you in the back
12. Did I mention people who bash Mac's?
13. Australian Drama TV (its all rubbish)
14. Heavy metal or Jazz music
15. People who put monetary values above life!
16. Rapp crap and hip hop music its all TRASH!
17. Stupid inane chat on FM radio stations... Well most radio stations in general suck... Long live podcasting!
18. Reality TV, ALL REALITY TV SHOWS, they all suck! I WANT to watch TV to escape, NOT to watch some one like my neighbour, digging holes in the backyard, or painting their walls, or surviving on a fake desert island, get this crap off our TV screens!

(Got anything to add, send it to me, and I will see it makes my list)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

life sucks!

it really does! (when you are a windows user!)